I hope you have a wonderful and safe summer. Congratulations to all our graduates from every level of school and any retirees.
Thank you to all who helped for any of the celebrations for Holy Week and Easter. It was a very special time this year, one celebrating some of our history as a parish.
I am praying that the rest of Lent and the start of Easter Season will be for you all a Holy time of reflection, and then Easter celebration.
I invite you into a Holy Lent this season and encourage you to add a spiritual discipline to your schedule. With that in mind there are several opportunities at church for you.
Thank you to all who attended the Annual Meeting on January 29th—we have a lot of opportunities and, for the first time for a couple of years, are going in with a balanced budget. There are several spiritual and educational opportunities for Lent in 2017. Please look for a “Save the Date” for Lenten and other program opportunities on the website and in the Saltire.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks to all the people who prepared for and participated in all the Christmas services—the altar guild, the choir, the children’s Christmas Pageant offering, acolytes, LEMS, Lectors, Ushers and anyone else who helped.
It's Advent—that wonderful time of the year leading up to the celebration of Christ’s Birth! There are a lot of participation opportunities around this month—opportunities to prepare you spiritually for the new year. For the women of this Parish, consider joining Mother Jane in attending the Women’s Ecumenical Candlelight Advent Service, Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville.
Fall activities at St. Andrew Parish are in full swing. This month the educational offering “Getting your Ducks in a Row” will be a “Lunch and Learn” format. Bring a sack lunch and I’ll provide drinks and a dessert. Our Advent book series will explore “The Journey” by DVD and reading. And please mark your calendar now for a special Advent mini retreat on Saturday December 10th on the Daily Offices. Come experience and learn to use this wonderful service in our book of common prayer.
It’s my favorite time of year—back to school and back to church school. Even if your life doesn’t revolve around a school calendar we restart religious education and activities here at St Andrew Parish after midmonth. We will have Homecoming Weekend September 17th and 18th with coffee hours after each service–sponsored by the Vestry.
As we approach the month of August I am reminded it will soon be time to return to school. Which reminds me of Ms. Mary’s Preschool restarting soon, and Elijah Mantle’s back to school shoe drive and the program year for Sunday school and the church restarting with Homecoming Sunday September 18th.
This month the season of Easter comes to a close, Ascension Day is May 5, and Pentecost is May 15th. After Pentecost we enter the longest liturgical season of the year, the post Pentecost time or ordinary time (liturgical color is green). While the church educational activities wind down for the summer we still have several activities and special services coming up.
Praying this Easter Season will be a time of celebration and reflection for all of you as we enter into Spring. With this year’s “early” Easter March 27, I want to thank all of you that participated in the services, including the preparation (Charles, Altar Guild, readers, Choir, etc.), the Easter Bunny, and candy hiders for our littlest parishioners, and ALL those who made this past Holy Week and Easter special.